Hindu Prayer in Senate Disrupted
I think Barry Lynn from Americans United For Separation of Church and State hits the nail on the head:
“America is a land of extraordinary religious diversity, and the Religious Right just can’t seem to accept that fact,” Lynn continued. “I don’t think the Senate should open with prayers, but if it’s going to happen, the invocations ought to reflect the diversity of the American people.”But, what's the problem with a Hindu prayer opening the Senate? (I love Hindu services, myself.) We turn to the original American Family Association action alert to find out how these minds (dys)function.
Well, apparently, senators might hear that there are scriptures other than the Bible.
in his prayer he will likely include references to ancient Hindu scriptures, including Rig Veda, Upanishards, and Bhagavard-Gita.They can't see Upanishads or Bhagavad-Gita correctly -- sounds like their research is top-notch. And I'm sure no one will admit that the Rig Veda is the oldest scripture known to mankind. But what other reasons could their be?
Well, Hinduism isn't a monotheistic religion.
"In Hindu, you have not one God, but many, many, many, many, many gods," the Christian historian explains. "And certainly that was never in the minds of those who did the Constitution, did the Declaration [of Independence] when they talked about Creator -- that's not one that fits here because we don't know which creator we're talking about within the Hindu religion."Actually, buddy, and I might be wrong here because I have hardly scratched the surface of Hinduism, I think Hindus generally do know what Creator they are talking about because creation is a specific aspect of the Divine Being. Oh, and, Hinduism isn't polytheistic either -- the many gods are all different aspects of one God. So, in a way, Hinduism is more monotheistic than Christianity that has had so many problems working out the relation between the members of the Trinity.
It burns! The bigoted ignorance burns!